What is in your future? You just finished school. You just left your current job. You just moved to a new city. You are thinking about retiring. How do you know what to do, where to start and how to see beyond today?
Everyone faces these challenges in life more than once in their life. It is part of the process of living and growing as a person and member of society. This happened to me two major times in my life.
First, after graduating from high school I was told that I should be an engineer because I was good in math and science. So off I went to Southwestern Junior College to study engineering. It was not for me!! I wanted no part of studying that hard and did not really like what I was doing. So, I became the king of the Friday afternoon kegger in the parking lot. I learned a lot about drinking beer and having fun. I was skipping classes, playing rugby, racing motorcycles, working and having fun– but not going to many classes. Eventually I got motivated a little, got my GPA up to 2.0 and transferred to Long Beach State as an accounting major. I didn’t much like accounting either. However, when the Head Athletic Trainer, Dan Bailey, started playing rugby with us Ifound my true calling, which was sports medicine and athletic training. That started my successful and passionate career in sports medicine and physical therapy.
In 2017, I found a totally different path in life while participating in USTLA Masterpiece Life Mastermind Program in real estate investing www.ustaxlienassociation.com. During the Masterpiece Life portion of the program I discovered that I needed to create a program to brighten the future for young adults. It became Life-Sol www.life-sol.com. There were some steps that helped me discover this for myself which I know will help you discover where you want to and should go now.
What Do You Love
Your first step is to make a list of all of the things you love to do. This list is what YOU love to do and not what other people think you should love to do. Just because someone told you to be an engineer does not mean you would love to do it. My list consists of helping people, woodworking, fishing, fly fishing, teaching, cooking, smoking and grilling food, traveling with my wife, playing with my grandkids, and meeting new people. Take some time right now and make your list. List as many ideas as you can and keep it handy.
What Are Your Beliefs
Second, make a list of all of your personal beliefs. What exactly are beliefs? How do you know what yours are?
- Beliefs are the ideas you support and are committed to follow.
- Beliefs are the views and opinions that represent you.
- Beliefs are the positions you support.
- Beliefs dictate your approach and outlook on life.
Look deep inside yourself to find your beliefs. When I started to write them down more came quickly and my list grew and so did my feeling of pride as the list grew. Here are a few of mine:
- I believe that I can improve my lifestyle by giving back to young adults and my community.
- I believe that I need to stay engaged, challenged and motivated in life.
- I believe that by expanding my mind further I will make great things happen over the rest of my life for myself, my family and my friends.
Take some time now to write down your personal beliefs and write them in an “I believe that ….” sentence so you can see it clearly.
Strengths, Talents and Expertise
The final step is to list all of your strengths, talents and expertise. Make a list of everything that you are good at, love to do, people admire you for and other people call on you for. These could be skills you have developed over time. These can be the skills you have with your new college degree. I few that I have listed for myself are:
- Educated with MA and MBA
- Teaching ability
- Positive attitude all the time
- Parenting skills
- Fly fishing
- Working with and coaching young adults
Make this list for yourself. Do not be shy. List everything you are strong in, have talent for and expertise in. Take some time now.
Your final step is to now compare your three lists and see what similarities there are in your three lists. You will be surprised what you find. The table below convinced me that I had to create something to help young adults.
|What Do I Love||What Do I Believe||Strengths, Talents, Expertise|
|Helping people||Giving back to young adults||Teaching ability|
|Teaching||Stay engaged and challenged||Dedicated|
|Meeting people||Personal development||Working with young adults|
I put all of this information together and let it work and stew in my subconscious mind. I also talked to my family, friends, mentors and my accountability partner about my thoughts and Life-Sol was formed. Work through this process in the same way. Your answer will come to you. Be sure the answer for your life is yours and not someone else’s.
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